Much to the scrutiny of the BMW enthusiasts, the fourth-gen M3 ditched the inline-six engine for a 4.0-liter V8. It was available in sedan, coupe and convertible forms. The coupe was the first to be introduced, at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW likely returned with the sedan M3 to increase sales in the North American region where the E36 M3 sedan was very popular.
The fourth-gen M3, called the E92 among the BMW insiders, got 414 hp at 8300 rpm and 400 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual transmission was standard but BMW also offered a very efficient M-DCT gearbox. The design of the car was modern and the cabin was elegant. Many people loved the handling and after the tremendous success of the E46, it can be said that BMW did not disappoint.
“This M3 is the best car, and always will be, and there’s no point in ever thinking otherwise,” Jeremy Clarkson said about the E92 M3. Mercedes came up with the C63 AMG as its answer to the M3 but frankly, it did not even come close to its BMW counterpart.
In the first “DTM-Year” after a 20 year pause the BMW M3 DTM celebrates a spectacular season with Bruno Spengler winning the Driver Championship.